Sunday Funday is really the only day of the week I get him all to myself for a nano second..... the kidlets sleep, we get up early and he has his coffee, me tea. We talk, and cuddle and just be him and I without the magnificent seven whirling around us. Were just for a moment, a boy and a girl in love.
I have to make breakfast for an army and when the troops wake they kinda expect its gonna be good.... or at least something that resembles something extra special. Well, I like simple. Whats more basic than a pancake. Theres just one problem..... I LOATH(ed) making pancakes. I honestly hated them. I never could get the textures I wanted and some were well, lets just say my hubs could mortar a retaining wall with the "batter". Until I stumbled upon this idea....... cakes with sour cream are a bajillion times better than well literally anything on the planet and whats a pancake if not a pan "cake"? I'm sure this has been thought of a zillion times but lemme toss out there the zillionth and one recipe that makes my family smile......
Vanilla Sour Cream Pancakes
4.5 c flour
1.5 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/3 c sugar
1 1/3 c sour cream
2 1/2 c milk
8 tablespoons of melted butter
4 teaspoons vanilla
Mix together the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Next melt your butter and add to it the vanilla. Pour that into your dry mixture. Crack in 6 eggs and give the yolks a poke to make them easier to combine. Add in your sour cream and lastly the milk. YOUR BATTER WILL BE LUMPY!!!! dont fret..... seriously, dont. Its all good ;) Should look a lil something like this when you're done....
Get your griddle hot and drop by 1/4 cup fulls. When the edges are a lil firm and there are bubbles popping away on the top give them a flip. Never, and I repeat NEVER pat them. This squeezes all that fluffy air goodness right on out. You can serve these up just like this with what ever you like but for Sunday Funday this is what we did .....
Grab some strawberries (frozen is fine, thats what I did) and put them in a pan with a bit of water. Next add about 1/2 c sugar and put the whole thing on the heat bringing it up to a simmering boil.
Next I took a potato masher and got in there and started squishing. *you could do this step with a blender but I like doing it this way. That potato masher was my Aunt Loraine's rest her soul and it always makes me smile when I think of her.....so, by hand I mash* Reduce the liquid as much as you can. It will make a syrup and get thicker from the natural pectin in the fruit.
Ideally if you were on top of your game or just plain ubar awesomesauce at planning this all would be done the night before so you could skip the snow-bank-rapid-refrigeration-system-of-the-north but alas I am NONE of those things and so out to the frozen tundra *ahem, deck* I go and plop it down in some of the cold stuff..... with a -25*F to -45*F windchill this morning it didnt take long :)
So just dump it in the mixer bowl and add about 2 or 3 teaspoons of sugar and set the mixer speed to medium and let it do its thing.....
In just a few wee lil minutes you have this bit of Heaven....... and yes, it is ok to hog the beater for yourself......
In the end it could look like this.... a really yummerific hot mess. A chocolate drizzle, or bath if you are so inclined, is a nice touch.
Or it could be like this..... with layers of peanut butter and bananas with whipped cream and of course that chocolate drizzle.
Or just let the kidlets build there own.... like this strawberry, banana, peanut butter whipped creamy goodness